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Kutztown University's Department of Mathematics was recently highlighted for its cutting-edge work in applied mathematics at the 8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), August 10 - 14, 2015, in Beijing, China. KU was one of only nine institutions in the world to be recognized. 

ICIAM is organized by the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the umbrella organization of professional applied mathematics societies world-wide, including the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

KU's Department of Mathematics' applied mathematics research was highlighted in a six minute video that was broadcast at the conference. The video focuses on the 2002 seminal paper on the Cable-Trench Problem (CTP), which was authored by Dr. Francis Vasko, Dr. Ken Stott, Mr. Rob Barbieri, Dr. Brian Rieksts and Mr. Ken Reitmeyer. Stott was a Bethlehem Steel researcher (now retired). The other three co-authors are Kutztown University graduates. Extensions and applications of this CTP work have been published world-wide in research journals. 

The video includes interviews with faculty members Dr. Francis Vasko, Dr. Eric Landquist, Dr. Yun Lu, Dr. Paul Ach; recent computer science graduate, Mr. Ken Zyma; Kutztown University President, Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson; and Acting Provost, Dr. Anne Zayaitz.

In the video, Landquist discusses recently published work with Vasko on extensions of the CTP that have applicability to improving medical imaging. Zyma discusses his Master's thesis research in which he uses the CTP to find a cheaper cabling network to connect an array of radio telescopes for inclusion into LOFAR, the world's largest connected radio telescope. 

Members of the Kutztown University applied mathematics faculty are also very involved in the development of new solution approaches for solving complex combinatorial optimization problems that have many real-world applications. In the video, Lu discusses the need for metaheuristics as key solution strategies for these very difficult problems.


JUNE 26, 2015

Congratulations to the following Mathematics Majors for making the dean's list for Spring 2015:

  • Jesse Bailey
  • Brandon DeWitt
  • Jacob Kramer
  • Zachary Moran
  • Curtis Reigle
  • Paul Schwartz
  • Danielle Sienko
  • Ernest Tessein
  • Jiao Xu


MAY 9, 2015

Congratulations to our graduating seniors!

KU Mathematics Graduating Seniors


MAY 1, 2015

The Department of Mathematics met today to celebrate the many achievements of our students. 

  • Outstanding Mathematics Student: Katelyn Cicozzi
  • KME award for Mathematics: Aubree Beck and Brandi Lees 
  • Outstanding Student Teaching Award, Mathematics: Alex Goveo 
  • Undergraduate Research Award: Jesse Bailey and Hallie Langley
  • Mugridge Symposium Award for Undergraduate Research
    • First Place: Hallie Langley
    • Second Place: Kevin Ruppert
    • Third Place: Andrew Douventzidis
  • William Lowell Putnam Competition (an extraordinarily difficult six-hour mathematics competition between students throughout the United States and Canada): Adriana Kaplan (46.0 percentile), Jacob Kramer (46.0 percentile), Nathaniel Benjamin (38.4 percentile), Dylan Gaspar, William Harwi, Kevin Ruppert
  • Inductees into the Kappa Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society: Edward AndrescavageNathaniel Benjamin​William HarwiStephanie KleinHallie LangleyLaura MyersCharles NaceFelipe PorcellaCurtis ReigleJustine RossiDanielle Sienko, and Duc Tran


APRIL 27, 2015

It was announced today that Katelyn Ciccozzi has earned a 2015 Chambliss Student Academic Achievement gold metal! During summer 2014, Katelyn conducted a research project in astrophysics at Rutgers University under the supervision of experts in the field. Her research focused on finding a new tool for comparing merging dark matter halo histories. She presented her findings at a national meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January 2015. Katelyn will graduate this May with a dual degree in mathematics and physics. Congratulations Katelyn!


APRIL 10-11, 2015

On Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, the Kutztown University Department of Mathematics hosted the 2015 PASSHE Mathematics Association (PASSHE-MA) conference. More than 70 participants from 19 institutions gathered to discuss mathematics and mathematics education. There were more than 40 faculty and student talks over the two days, including seven Kutztown students and ten Kutztown professors who presented their research.  

This conference was highlighted by two plenary talks. The first, on Friday evening, was by Dr. Neil Sloane, President of the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS) Foundation. The OEIS is a free website ( that contains information about a quarter of a million sequences, and is often called one of the most well-known and useful mathematical sites on the internet. The second plenary talk, on Saturday afternoon, was by Dr. Jenna Van Sickle from Fontbonne University. Dr. Van Sickle told us about incorporating student-led learning into courses; she explained how this can engage and inspire students, as well as improve the classroom culture.

The Kutztown Department of Mathematics dedicated this conference to Professor Randy S. Schaeffer, who passed away unexpectedly on October 22, 2014. He was a distinguished member of Kutztown University, a valued colleague, educator, mentor and friend who will never be forgotten.

The PASSHE-MA conference is held annually, rotating among the PASSHE universities. It was last held at Kutztown in 2002. 


 JANUARY 10-13, 2015

Professors Botzum, Kronenthal, Landquist, Lee, Lu, and Wong traveled to the Joint Mathematics Meetings, a national mathematics conference in San Antonio, Texas, to present their research.


OCTOBER 22, 2014

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Randy Schaeffer '72.



CVMMC 2014

It is with great pride that we announce that Jesse Bailey, Zach Moran, and Ian Tomes have won the 6th annual Cumberland Valley Math Modeling Challenge held at Shippensburg University! This prize is awarded based on the presentation of their problem and solution as judged by the other competitors. Their problem was to determine a rating system that identifies the best U.S. city in which to live for people in the 18-35 age range, 36-64 age range and the 65+ age range. They had 24 hours to develop a model, write a two-page summary of their solution and propose a presentation of their solution. They have agreed to present their solution at the October 14 Math Club meeting. Come check it out. Congratulations!



The cover of the September issue of Mathematics Teacher highlights the article Probability and Perception: The Representativeness Heuristic in Action, written by Dr. Lu and Dr. Vasko, Department of Mathematics, and Trevor J. Drummond and Lisa E. Vasko.

Cover of Mathematics Teacher September 2014


 JULY 17, 2014

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dr. Larry R. Mugridge, professor emeritus of mathematics, who died July 17, 2014. Mugridge was on the faculty at KU from 1972 until his retirement in 2011. Kutztown's Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics Research is named in his honor.

Dr. Mugridge's Obituary


JULY 14, 2014

OR Insight: 25 articles from 25 years

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the journal OR Insight, its editors have reviewed the papers published over the last three decades and have made a selection of 25. These reflect both the way the application of OR has developed over the years and the different areas which have benefited from its application. OR in action has always found a home in OR Insight.

Although all 25 articles are interesting, you might want to consider article #21 by Dr. Vasko and Dr. Ache, Department of Mathematics, and Natalie Snow, Institutional Research. The link is


MAY 30, 2014

Congratulations to the following Mathematics Majors for making the dean's list:

  • Christina Carl
  • Katelyn Ciccozzi
  • Billy Cimorelli
  • Carisa Druckenmiller
  • Dylan Gaspar
  • Jeffrey Kraft
  • Hallie Langley
  • Zachary Laurente
  • Jacob Levan
  • Jessica Mayer
  • Sarah McQueen
  • Joseph Ritzko
  • Kevin Ruppert
  • Danielle Sienko
  • James Valek
  • Lauren A. Williams


MAY 14, 2014

Congratulations and thanks to the 2014 Faculty and Staff Recognition Honorees:

  • Dr. Deborah Frantz on her retirement.
  • Professor Kanchan Kumar for 30 years of service.


MAY 2, 2014

The Department of Mathematics Congratulates this year's Undergraduate Prize Winners:

  • Mathematics Award - Sarah McQueen and Lauren Williams
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon - Michael Rex and Lauren Williams
  • Mathematics Outstanding Student Teacher - Jennifer O'Brien


AUGUST 23, 2013

Professor Randy Schaeffer, Associate Professor of Mathematics was awarded the
2013 The Arthur and Isabel Wiesenberger Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching